Saturday, 27 February 2010
Half term seemed to vanish in the blink of an eye this time. There was me saying with some confidence in my last post that I'd have my February make-a-month finished by the end of the week, little knowing that the week would be gone without me once sitting down at my machine. First of all there was the delightful Winter vomiting bug that struck the boy at the beginning of the week and the girl at the very end of the week (that's some incubation period!), then there was the somewhat nicer surprise of a getaway sprung on me by my husband!
I've blogged before about my husband's invention of an annual bonus scheme to reward me for my full-time job parenting our two children. Little did I know that he had had to cancel his plans for 2009's bonus due to my being in the throes of a 16 week, 24/7 bout of morning sickness last Autumn. I was completely in the dark when I received a letter purporting to be from HM Revenue and Customs informing me of an error in taxing my income, all the more so as I've had headaches dealing with such errors in the past.
Of course, had I been in any way observant I might have spotted that the letter was signed by Ms Sandy Beach straight away, or noticed that whilst my NI number and date of birth were correct, 'Our ref' was actually the due date of our new arrival, and the codes for the tax deductions were 'mrningsck247' and 'glwngtrimstr3'. I was too busy being irate that I'd been apparently taxed a whole £4500 erroneously!! (but thanks, Mr Angharad for the wholly inaccurate but complimentary 'glwingtrimstr3' - for the record, my 3rd trimester is more grey and drawn than glowing!)
As it transpired, there was a footnote in the tiniest of small print telling me that I was being whisked away to Brighton for a night, with my mum kindly babysitting our two children (who didn't seem to bat an eyelid that we were disappearing). We stayed in this lovely hotel just inside the lanes and a stone's throw from the sea. My personal highlight was the bathroom where I luxuriated in the lovely deep claw-footed bath, having achieved full bump coverage for once (just not possible in our normal-sized bath at home where the baby sister protrudes from the water like an island!). There was also a walk-in storm headed shower which I could have spent hours in. At this stage in my pregnancy, I'm all about the relaxing rather than 5 course meals, but we did wander out into the Lanes and had a lovely meal with a bellini as an aperitif for me - quite possibly the most luscious thing I have ever tasted, all the more so for the fact that I have been off alcohol for the last 6 months!
Surprises are great, especially when such a lot of thought has been put into them (and I did marry a mathematician, so surprises were never really part of the deal).
So other than the vomiting, it was a lovely half term. This week it's been back to work finishing up some orders, and my February make-a-month is finally done. More of that in my next post as I've rambled on for long enough, but here's a sneak preview of the unfinished dress: